#Nassau, August 13, 2018 – Bahamas – Aaron Edgecombe has earned the coveted 2018 All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship Award. The prestigious award was bestowed on the Queen’s College graduate by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, August 9, during the All-Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholars Award Ceremony at Government House.
He is the 24th scholar to receive the title of All-Bahamas Merit Scholar since introduction of the award in 1993. An aspiring engineer, Edgecombe, plans to pursue studies toward a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Miami. His scholarship is valued at $140,000. Mr. Edgecombe was among the 2018 scholars whose high achievements, Minister Lloyd described as “unprecedented,” as he acknowledged their insight, brilliance and fortitude.
Minister Lloyd also recognized Mr. Edgecombe’s parents, Adrian and Tiffany Edgecombe, to whom he requested the audience give a standing ovation.
“The country is very proud of you, very proud of how you have raised this young man and very proud of what and who he has become.”
Mr. Lloyd boasted of Mr. Edgecombe’s achievements and outlined a few of them: A very active member in his school, church and community; well-rounded, mature and focused is how he described this year’s winner. He has been President of QC 5000, a club started by students to feed the homeless, a member of the school choir, the debating society and the student Christian movement. He was also a cast member of the school production “Grease.”
He is an active member of his church, where he serves as Praise Team leader. He has been bronze and silver medal participant in the Governor General’s Youth Award, and member of the Spirit of Excellence Track and Field Club.
Mr. Edgecombe graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.95. In 2015, he was recognized by the Ministry of Education for having attained the best overall results in mathematics and health science at the BJC level, and in 2018 for his performance at the BGCSE level. In June 2017, he wrote twelve subjects at the BGCSE level and obtained 11 A’s and 1 B. In his final year of high school, he pursued eight college level courses and achieved a 1460 score on his SAT’s.
In his remarks, Mr. Edgecombe thanked his family, teachers, school administrators, and church, Bahamas Harvest.
“I am extremely honored to share this stage today with some of the best and brightest young minds in our country. We represent only a fraction of the great potential that our country has to offer. I strongly believe that some of the best resources in the country are not the natural resources of sun, sand and sea, but the human resources represented by you and me.
“My fellow scholars, we’ve done well in establishing a rock, solid foundation for our lives. However, it is what we do from this point on that truly matters. The future of The Bahamas is in our hands and we must now determine what our contribution to our nation and our world will be as we enter the next phase of our success story.”
He urged his peers to use the gifts endowed to them from God to leave the world in a better state than they met it.
Derrica Ferguson, a graduate of St. Augustine’s College is the 2018 All-Bahamas Merit runner-up.
By: Kathryn Campbell
Header: All-Bahamas Merit Scholar 2018 Aaron Edgecombe addresses the All-Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholars Award Ceremony at Government House, August 9, 2018. Pictured at right: Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Lorraine Armbrister.
Insert: All-Bahamas Merit Scholar 2018, Aaron Edgecombe.
(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)